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Law Society practice note: Court duty scheme for private law family clients 22 NOV 2016

Law Society practice note: Court duty scheme for private law family clients

The Law Society has issued a practice note for family practitioners intending to set up or...

Practice Note to CPR PD51O 17 OCT 2016

Practice Note to CPR PD51O

The Acting Chancellor, Mr Justice Mann, in concurrence with the Judge in Charge of the Commercial...

Amendments to the Family Procedure Rules Practice Directions 05 OCT 2016

Amendments to the Family Procedure Rules Practice Directions

To accompany the latest amendments to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR), the following...

Completed Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications rise 68 per cent 28 SEP 2016

Completed Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications rise 68 per cent

NHS Digital has published its findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty...

Sealing of Tomlin Orders 27 SEP 2016

Sealing of Tomlin Orders

From 3 October 2016, a Court Associate of the RCJ, Rolls Building will approve and seal Tomlin...

OPG Practice Note: Surety Bonds for  Deputies 23 SEP 2016

OPG Practice Note: Surety Bonds for Deputies

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has issued a new practice note setting out what it...

Law Society Practice Note: Client care information 06 SEP 2016

Law Society Practice Note: Client care information

The Law Society has issued an updated Practice Note giving guidance for all solicitors involved...

Home Office Guidance: Use and Change of Names 30 AUG 2016

Home Office Guidance: Use and Change of Names

The Home Office has published its policy on the use and change of names on official documents,...

Attendance of Solicitors at Local Authority Children Act Meetings 10 AUG 2016

Attendance of Solicitors at Local Authority Children Act Meetings

The Law Society has issued an updated Practice Note on attendance of solicitors at local...

Court of Protection Transparency Pilot extended 04 AUG 2016

Court of Protection Transparency Pilot extended

The pilot scheme to give the public and media greater access to Court of Protection hearings...

Good practice guidance on professional deputy costs 20 JUL 2016

Good practice guidance on professional deputy costs

The Office of the Public Guardian and the Senior Courts Costs Office have issued good practice...

New appointment to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee 20 JUN 2016

New appointment to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee

The Lord Chancellor has appointed a new member to the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC). ...

How attorneys and deputies can make gifts 20 JUN 2016

How attorneys and deputies can make gifts

Office of the Public Guardian issues updated practice note on how attorneys and deputies can...

Guidance: powers of attorney for banking 17 JUN 2016

Guidance: powers of attorney for banking

The Law Society has issued updated guidance for solicitors who have been appointed as an attorney...

Court of Protection: final Case Management Pilot Practice Direction 16 JUN 2016

Court of Protection: final Case Management Pilot Practice Direction

The final version of the pilot Practice Direction has now been published in advance of a case...

Semi-automated online legal services 14 JUN 2016

Semi-automated online legal services

The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors and members of their staff offering or...

Updated guidance: Lasting powers of attorney 09 JUN 2016

Updated guidance: Lasting powers of attorney

The Law Society has issued updated guidance for solicitors who advise clients on drawing up a...

New Master of the Rolls: Sir Terence Etherton 27 MAY 2016

New Master of the Rolls: Sir Terence Etherton

The Queen has approved the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir Terence Etherton as the Master of the...

First glimpse of the Red Book 2016 26 MAY 2016

First glimpse of the Red Book 2016

If you can't wait to catch a glimpse of the brand new 2016 Red Book (The Family Court Practice),...

Independent review into Sharia Law launched 26 MAY 2016

Independent review into Sharia Law launched

An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched...

Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM 25 MAY 2016

Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM

The Department of Health has issued new and updated guidance to support NHS organisations that...

CCMS funding applications when unable to meet client 25 MAY 2016

CCMS funding applications when unable to meet client

Providers unable to see clients in their office can now follow a new funding process in the...

MoJ opens consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal and proposed CPR amendments 23 MAY 2016

MoJ opens consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal and proposed CPR amendments

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has opened a consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal, plus...

Public Guardian practice note: Family care payments 19 MAY 2016

Public Guardian practice note: Family care payments

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has published a practice note on family care payments,...

Home Office issues updated FGM resource pack 13 MAY 2016

Home Office issues updated FGM resource pack

The Home Office and Karen Bradley MP have issued an updated female genital mutilation (FGM)...

Case-closure programme drives significant drop in CSA caseload 11 MAY 2016

Case-closure programme drives significant drop in CSA caseload

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published statistics on the progress of the Child...

Final figures from 3-year analysis of looked-after children placements 10 MAY 2016

Final figures from 3-year analysis of looked-after children placements

Ofsted has published its third and final annual statistical release on looked-after children,...

FJC issues new guidance on psychologists as expert witnesses in the family courts 09 MAY 2016

FJC issues new guidance on psychologists as expert witnesses in the family courts

The Family Justice Council (FJC) and the British Psychological Society have published guidance on...

Law Society guidance: Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam 12 APR 2016

Law Society guidance: Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

The Law Society has issued updated practice guidance on protecting your law firm if you fall...

Unbundling civil legal services - revised Law Society guidance 04 APR 2016

Unbundling civil legal services - revised Law Society guidance

The Law Society has issued an updated version of its Practice Note on Unbundling Civil Legal...

New single CAP order form comes into force today 01 APR 2016

New single CAP order form comes into force today

The Family Division has released a new CAP order form that comes into force today, amalgamating...

Law Society issues new guidance on setting up a practice 23 MAR 2016

Law Society issues new guidance on setting up a practice

The Law Society has issued a new Practice Note for solicitors considering setting up a new...

Updated guidance on closing down your practice 22 MAR 2016

Updated guidance on closing down your practice

The Law Society has issued updated guidance on what must be done when closing down your legal...

Law Society Practice Note: In-house pro bono practice – regulatory requirements 23 FEB 2016

Law Society Practice Note: In-house pro bono practice – regulatory requirements

The Law Society has issued a Practice Note explaining the regulatory requirements that apply to...

New social work resources on improving adult mental health 28 JAN 2016

New social work resources on improving adult mental health

The Department of Health has published a set of resources to improve, develop and sustain...

Guidance on raising concerns and whistleblowing 13 JAN 2016

Guidance on raising concerns and whistleblowing

It can be difficult for individuals to raise concerns about the actions of their practice but...

President's practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court 23 NOV 2015

President's practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has today (23 November 2015) issued...

Law Society issues practice note on working with transgender employees 23 NOV 2015

Law Society issues practice note on working with transgender employees

The Law Society has issued a practice note for solicitors, their employees and consultants who...

Guidance on equal pay 05 NOV 2015

Guidance on equal pay

The Law Society has issued a practice note on equal pay, which should be read by partners, human...

New video shows the devastating impact of forced marriage 22 OCT 2015

New video shows the devastating impact of forced marriage

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) has released a new film to demonstrate the devastating impact of...

Record number of families helped by adoption support fund 20 OCT 2015

Record number of families helped by adoption support fund

More than 2,000 families have been helped through a life-changing government fund worth over £7...

Abortion law to be devolved to Scottish Parliament 14 OCT 2015

Abortion law to be devolved to Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament will be given control over abortion law, the Scottish Secretary David...

New guidance on undertaking age assessments 14 OCT 2015

New guidance on undertaking age assessments

The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has issued guidance to assist social...

FMC announces its strategy for professional self-regulation 13 OCT 2015

FMC announces its strategy for professional self-regulation

The Family Mediation Council has announced its strategy for professional self-regulation, a...

Amendments to the Financial Remedy Omnibus 12 OCT 2015

Amendments to the Financial Remedy Omnibus

The Hon Mr Justice Mostyn has issued an amendment to the Financial Remedy Omnibus The amendment...

His Honour Judge John Altman stands down as Senior Designated Family Judge for London 09 OCT 2015

His Honour Judge John Altman stands down as Senior Designated Family Judge for London

His Honour Judge John Altman stands down as the Senior Designated Family Judge for London and...

President's Guidance on Radicalisation Cases in the Family Courts 08 OCT 2015

President's Guidance on Radicalisation Cases in the Family Courts

The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has today (8 October 2015) issued...

Free session with a judge 07 OCT 2015

Free session with a judge

The Cardiff Personal Support Unit is hosting a free session with His Honour Judge Seys Llewellyn...

Cardiff Court Family Free Advice Clinic launches 06 OCT 2015

Cardiff Court Family Free Advice Clinic launches

A new legal advice clinic has been launched to advise people involved in family proceedings who...

Parental leave and pay to be extended to working grandparents 06 OCT 2015

Parental leave and pay to be extended to working grandparents

George Osborne has announced that working grandparents will be able to share parental leave in...

Updated guidance on continuing competence and CPD 18 SEP 2015

Updated guidance on continuing competence and CPD

The Law Society has issued updated guidance on continuing competence and continuing professional...

Legal Aid Agency announces improvements to Client and Cost Management System 02 SEP 2015

Legal Aid Agency announces improvements to Client and Cost Management System

The Legal Aid Agency has improved the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) in response to...

Update: Law Society issues updated guidance on information on letterheads, emails and websites 25 AUG 2015

Update: Law Society issues updated guidance on information on letterheads, emails and websites

The Law Society has updated its practice note on information on letterheads, emails and websites...

Update: Law Society Practice Note - Professional Indemnity Insurance 24 AUG 2015

Update: Law Society Practice Note - Professional Indemnity Insurance

The Law Society has updated its practice note on Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) for...

Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam 24 AUG 2015

Protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

The Law Society has issued a practice note that provides detailed advice on the regulatory and...

Charity Commission opens Kids Company inquiry 21 AUG 2015

Charity Commission opens Kids Company inquiry

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a...

Kids Company: information for employees and creditors 20 AUG 2015

Kids Company: information for employees and creditors

Kids Company has been wound up in the High Court and the Official Receiver has been appointed as...

Lord Chancellor issues revised guidance on exceptional funding in inquest cases 20 AUG 2015

Lord Chancellor issues revised guidance on exceptional funding in inquest cases

Revised guidance on exceptional funding in inquest cases takes into account Court of Appeal...

Guidance on entity-based regulation 18 AUG 2015

Guidance on entity-based regulation

In addition to the regulation of individuals, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates...

Guidance on flexible working 17 AUG 2015

Guidance on flexible working

Employees have the statutory right to request a flexible working pattern. The Law Society has...

DfE seeks views on knowledge and skills for social work supervisors and leaders 28 JUL 2015

DfE seeks views on knowledge and skills for social work supervisors and leaders

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views on two new draft statements of knowledge and...

Consultation on further fees proposals 23 JUL 2015

Consultation on further fees proposals

The government has set out its response to the consultation on enhanced fees for possession...

Reform of Judicial Review 22 JUL 2015

Reform of Judicial Review

The government has launched a consultation to assess how to achieve greater transparency in how...

DfE seeks views about the use of special guardianship orders 17 JUL 2015

DfE seeks views about the use of special guardianship orders

The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking views about the use of special guardianship orders...

FPR Practice Direction amendments – July 2015 17 JUL 2015

FPR Practice Direction amendments – July 2015

The latest set of amendments to the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) Practice Directions have been...

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse 10 JUL 2015

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse

Budget announces a £3.2 million funding boost to help ensure no victim of domestic...

CCMS website gets a facelift 09 JUL 2015

CCMS website gets a facelift

The Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) website has been redesigned and updated following an...

Lord Dyson issues new Practice Guidance on Court of Appeal hear-by dates 08 JUL 2015

Lord Dyson issues new Practice Guidance on Court of Appeal hear-by dates

Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, has issued new practice guidance on Court of Appeal (Civil...

Guidance on meeting the needs of vulnerable clients 03 JUL 2015

Guidance on meeting the needs of vulnerable clients

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them meet the needs of vulnerable...

Mr Justice Mostyn issues new statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings 02 JUL 2015

Mr Justice Mostyn issues new statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings

Mr Justice Mostyn (with the authorisation of the President of the Family Division) has released a...

Lasting power of attorney forms are changing from 1 July 2015 01 JUL 2015

Lasting power of attorney forms are changing from 1 July 2015

New, simpler and clearer lasting power of attorney (LPA) forms have been introduced for both...

Updated guidance on the approval of premises as venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships 01 JUL 2015

Updated guidance on the approval of premises as venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships

The Registrar General for England and Wales has issued updated guidance on the approval of...

Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court 26 JUN 2015

Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

Lord Thomas LCJ has issued new practice guidance to answer various questions that have arisen on...

Children’s centres successfully targeting disadvantaged families 25 JUN 2015

Children’s centres successfully targeting disadvantaged families

The Department for Education (DfE) has released a series of research reports into children's...

Family mediation tender 2015 outcomes 25 JUN 2015

Family mediation tender 2015 outcomes

The Legal Aid Agency has today published the outcomes of the tender process for new organisations...

The place of residential care in the English child welfare system 25 JUN 2015

The place of residential care in the English child welfare system

The Department for Education has released a research report into the place of residential care in...

How to refer cases to the Financial Remedies Unit 24 JUN 2015

How to refer cases to the Financial Remedies Unit

The Central Family Court has released the Certificate of Financial Complexity that must be...

Law Society publishes updated advice on outcomes-focused regulation 22 JUN 2015

Law Society publishes updated advice on outcomes-focused regulation

The Law Society has issued updated advice on outcomes-focused regulation by the Solicitors...

Law Society issues updated guidance on the use of social media 22 JUN 2015

Law Society issues updated guidance on the use of social media

The Law Society has issued an updated practice note on the use of social media by legal...

Poor information-sharing still putting children at risk 17 JUN 2015

Poor information-sharing still putting children at risk

Ineffective processes for sharing information are still hampering action on child sexual...

UK lawyers to help give children a voice during family separation 16 JUN 2015

UK lawyers to help give children a voice during family separation

Family lawyers and mediators across the country are joining forces with UK charity Kids in the...

CCMS to become mandatory from 1 February 2016 12 JUN 2015

CCMS to become mandatory from 1 February 2016

Civil legal aid providers, chambers and other Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) users...

Bulk uploading of bills on CCMS starts 17 June 2015 12 JUN 2015

Bulk uploading of bills on CCMS starts 17 June 2015

Starting on 17 June 2015, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) will open up the use of the ‘bulk upload’...

LAA and DLAC annual reports published 10 JUN 2015

LAA and DLAC annual reports published

The Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) annual report and accounts for 2014 to 2015 have been published,...

First UK prosecution under new forced marriage laws 10 JUN 2015

First UK prosecution under new forced marriage laws

A 34-year-old man from Cardiff has become the first person in the UK to be prosecuted under...

Guidance on exceptional civil legal aid funding in non-inquest cases 09 JUN 2015

Guidance on exceptional civil legal aid funding in non-inquest cases

The Lord Chancellor has today published revised guidance on civil legal aid funding in...

Adoptive parents in Wales unable to access support for their children 05 JUN 2015

Adoptive parents in Wales unable to access support for their children

Last year 5,050 children in England and 345 children in Wales were adopted out of care. Until...

What to do when a complaint goes to the Legal Ombudsman 03 JUN 2015

What to do when a complaint goes to the Legal Ombudsman

The Law Society has issued guidance on what you need to do when a complaint goes to the Legal...

Appointment of a Circuit Judge to serve on the Family Justice Council 02 JUN 2015

Appointment of a Circuit Judge to serve on the Family Justice Council

Expressions of interest are being sought from all serving Circuit Judges to sit on the Family...

CCMS improvements update 29 MAY 2015

CCMS improvements update

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is putting in place improvements to the Client and Cost Management...

Legal Aid Agency workshop events 27 MAY 2015

Legal Aid Agency workshop events

On 4 and 5 June 2015, the Legal Aid Agency is trialling a new way of engaging with providers. ...

Single email address for the high-cost civil team 20 MAY 2015

Single email address for the high-cost civil team

The Legal Aid Agency has created a single email address to use for casework enquiries to the...

Legal Aid Agency launches CCMS masterclass Q&A sessions for advocates 20 MAY 2015

Legal Aid Agency launches CCMS masterclass Q&A sessions for advocates

The Legal Aid Agency's Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) masterclasses will now be...

Updated tool for comparing data about children and young people 19 MAY 2015

Updated tool for comparing data about children and young people

The Department for Education has released an updated version of its tool for comparing data about...

Lasting power of attorney: getting started as an attorney 14 MAY 2015

Lasting power of attorney: getting started as an attorney

The Office of the Public Guardian has produced guidance for people considering acting for someone...

The role of the Youth Justice Board in preventing child sexual exploitation 11 MAY 2015

The role of the Youth Justice Board in preventing child sexual exploitation

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has published information how its work helps to...

Same-sex couples can now marry at British Consulates overseas 06 MAY 2015

Same-sex couples can now marry at British Consulates overseas

Same-sex couples will now be able to marry at British Consulates in 24 countries. The ‘Consular...

Updated guidance on holding client funds 01 MAY 2015

Updated guidance on holding client funds

The Law Society has issued updated guidance for solicitors who hold client money. Clients who...

Updated guidance on outsourcing arrangements 01 MAY 2015

Updated guidance on outsourcing arrangements

The Law Society has issued updated guidance for solicitors and practices who are thinking about...

Law Society publishes updated guidance for solicitors who publicise their charges 28 APR 2015

Law Society publishes updated guidance for solicitors who publicise their charges

The Law Society has published updated guidance for solicitors who publicise their services using...

New guidance on deprivation of liberty 10 APR 2015

New guidance on deprivation of liberty

The Law Society has issued comprehensive new guidance on on the law relating to deprivation of...

Crime Prevention Minister meets London domestic abuse experts 06 MAR 2015

Crime Prevention Minister meets London domestic abuse experts

Lynne Featherstone has visited Standing Together in Hammersmith to hear about its work to...

Number of children living with both birth parents hits 70% 06 MAR 2015

Number of children living with both birth parents hits 70%

A rise in the number of children living with both birth parents to 70% has been welcomed by...

Law Society publishes updated guidance on conflict of interests 04 MAR 2015

Law Society publishes updated guidance on conflict of interests

The Law Society has updated its guidance of 25 August 2015 on how solicitors should handle...

DfE publishes report on Children’s Social Work Workforce 25 FEB 2015

DfE publishes report on Children’s Social Work Workforce

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a statistical report on the Children’s Social...

Welsh Government publishes annual report on children in need 25 FEB 2015

Welsh Government publishes annual report on children in need

The Welsh Government has published its annual report on children in need, which includes data on...

Changes to CCMS email addresses 24 FEB 2015

Changes to CCMS email addresses

The Legal Aid Agency is streamlining the channels you can use for CCMS enquiries. The email...

New contact email for urgent high cost civil work 06 FEB 2015

New contact email for urgent high cost civil work

There are now two email addresses for providers to use when contacting the high cost civil team. ...

Looked-after children: promoting their health and welfare 27 NOV 2014

Looked-after children: promoting their health and welfare

The Department for Education and the Department of Health are seeking views on proposed...

Government announces £10m fund to help eliminate violence against women and girls 26 NOV 2014

Government announces £10m fund to help eliminate violence against women and girls

The government has announced a £10 million fund to support women’s refuges in 100 areas across...

New measures to tackle sham marriages and civil partnerships 24 NOV 2014

New measures to tackle sham marriages and civil partnerships

From 2 March 2015, major changes to the process for giving notice of marriage or civil...

CCMS now features urgent flag function 24 NOV 2014

CCMS now features urgent flag function

New enhancement to Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) allows you to indicate if an...

Parents to get complete picture of child development 21 NOV 2014

Parents to get complete picture of child development

From September 2015, health and early years practitioners will work side by side to improve...

Ofsted announces new plans for inspection of children’s homes 21 NOV 2014

Ofsted announces new plans for inspection of children’s homes

A new inspection framework will put experiences of vulnerable children at the heart of how...

Parents talk about the benefits of sharing parental leave 20 NOV 2014

Parents talk about the benefits of sharing parental leave

Couples who have shared the care of their child in the first year after birth have had great...

70,000 troubled families have had their lives turned around, report says 18 NOV 2014

70,000 troubled families have had their lives turned around, report says

The government has issued a report detailing the progress it has made since it published 'Social...

New Practice Direction on deprivation of liberty comes into force 17 NOV 2014

New Practice Direction on deprivation of liberty comes into force

Practice Direction 10AA (Deprivation of Liberty Applications), supplementing the Court of...

DWP issues updated welfare reform communications toolkit 10 NOV 2014

DWP issues updated welfare reform communications toolkit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued an updated version of its welfare reform...

CCMS user survey: have your say 06 NOV 2014

CCMS user survey: have your say

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has launched a survey to collect your views on the roll-out timetable...

New initiatives aim to tackle domestic violence in universities and the workplace 06 NOV 2014

New initiatives aim to tackle domestic violence in universities and the workplace

Public Health England (PHE) launches two new initiatives today to help tackle domestic violence...

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating 05 NOV 2014

Pay your child maintenance or damage your credit rating

Separated parents who fail to contribute financially to the upbringing of their children, face...

HM Courts & Tribunals Service appoints new chief executive 04 NOV 2014

HM Courts & Tribunals Service appoints new chief executive

A new chief executive has been appointed to lead HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). ...

Theresa May addresses House of Commons about child abuse inquiry 03 NOV 2014

Theresa May addresses House of Commons about child abuse inquiry

The Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP has made an oral statement in the House of Commons...

Adoption reform: adopting a child from care 03 NOV 2014

Adoption reform: adopting a child from care

Children's Minister Edward Timpson has written to parents who have adopted a child from care...

Separating couples get vital new tool to avoid courtroom drama 03 NOV 2014

Separating couples get vital new tool to avoid courtroom drama

A new initiative to provide free family mediation will give many couples in England and Wales a...

Eric Pickles delivers speech to the National Children and Adult Services Conference 2014 31 OCT 2014

Eric Pickles delivers speech to the National Children and Adult Services Conference 2014

Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles yesterday delivered a speech to the National...

Carers strategy: action plan for 2014 to 2016 31 OCT 2014

Carers strategy: action plan for 2014 to 2016

The Government has published the Carers Strategy: Second National Action Plan 2014-2016. The...

Communicating with the Home Office in Family Proceedings 31 OCT 2014

Communicating with the Home Office in Family Proceedings

The 'Communicating with the Home Office in Family Proceedings' protocol enables the family courts...

The chief social worker for adults: one year on 31 OCT 2014

The chief social worker for adults: one year on

Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults, has set out the progress that has been made over the...

First ever ‘families test’ for government published 31 OCT 2014

First ever ‘families test’ for government published

All new laws or government policies will face a new ‘families test’ to make sure they support...

Number of children in workless households hits record low 29 OCT 2014

Number of children in workless households hits record low

The number of households where no one has a job has plummeted, new figures published by the...

Care leaver strategy: 1 year on 29 OCT 2014

Care leaver strategy: 1 year on

The Care Leaver Strategy, launched a year ago, set out the actions that Government departments...

Characteristics of children in need: 2013 to 2014 29 OCT 2014

Characteristics of children in need: 2013 to 2014

The Department for Education has published information on children referred to and assessed by...

Troubled Families programme turning 117,000 lives around 29 OCT 2014

Troubled Families programme turning 117,000 lives around

Eric Pickles has welcomed the latest success of the Troubled Families programme, a crucial part...

Women in prison will get help to maintain family links 28 OCT 2014

Women in prison will get help to maintain family links

Women in custody will be given help to maintain vital ties with their families through the...

Child abuse victims face 'postcode lottery' when dealing with Police 28 OCT 2014

Child abuse victims face 'postcode lottery' when dealing with Police

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) warns that children who have...

Home Secretary: Vulnerable people need better support and care 24 OCT 2014

Home Secretary: Vulnerable people need better support and care

Vulnerable people must receive improved support and care from the police and health...

FCO issues updated information on parental child abduction in Morocco 24 OCT 2014

FCO issues updated information on parental child abduction in Morocco

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released updated information on legal issues...

DfE launches new version of the Local Authority Interactive Tool about children and young people 24 OCT 2014

DfE launches new version of the Local Authority Interactive Tool about children and young people

The Department for Education (DfE) has released an update to its tool for comparing data about...

Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation, plus Part 1 factsheets 23 OCT 2014

Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation, plus Part 1 factsheets

The Department of Health has issued statutory guidance for the implementation of the Care Act...

Your chance to shape UK priorities on gender equality 23 OCT 2014

Your chance to shape UK priorities on gender equality

The Government Equalities Office and The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP have launched a new survey to...

Legal Aid: tips to ensure your application is processed quickly 23 OCT 2014

Legal Aid: tips to ensure your application is processed quickly

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has recently reviewed its application process and identified a number...

New funding will help most disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds 23 OCT 2014

New funding will help most disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds

Schools, nurseries and childminders will be given up to £300 for every 3- and 4-year-old child...

More support for separating couples and parents 23 OCT 2014

More support for separating couples and parents

Separating couples will be helped by a new £2 million package of support aimed at avoiding...

Police receive help to support people with vulnerabilities 23 OCT 2014

Police receive help to support people with vulnerabilities

The Home Office has published a booklet that advises on new or improved ways the police can deal...

Government publishes response to consultation on looked-after children 22 OCT 2014

Government publishes response to consultation on looked-after children

The government has published its response to the Consultation on Looked-after Children: Improving...

Childcare Minister speaks about more pre-schools in schools 21 OCT 2014

Childcare Minister speaks about more pre-schools in schools

The Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has delivered a speech at Policy Exchange on giving the most...

Family Friendly Award competition 21 OCT 2014

Family Friendly Award competition

If you work for a family-friendly organisation, you can nominate your employer for the Deputy...

Theresa May delivers statement on the Woolf Inquiry into child sexual abuse 21 OCT 2014

Theresa May delivers statement on the Woolf Inquiry into child sexual abuse

Secretary of State for the Home Department, Theresa May, has today delivered a written...

Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order 21 OCT 2014

Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order

Following the consultation ‘Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection...

Global Alliance commitment to tackling child sexual abuse 20 OCT 2014

Global Alliance commitment to tackling child sexual abuse

Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice (The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP) has today laid...

Legal experts campaign to stop government dodging legal challenges 20 OCT 2014

Legal experts campaign to stop government dodging legal challenges

The Bar Council, The Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have...

Latest report shows that Britain could become a permanently divided nation 20 OCT 2014

Latest report shows that Britain could become a permanently divided nation

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has published its second annual State of the...

GOV.UK reaches 1 billion visits 17 OCT 2014

GOV.UK reaches 1 billion visits

On its second birthday, the award-winning government website GOV.UK has reached a major milestone...

 The state of care in England in 2013-2014 16 OCT 2014

The state of care in England in 2013-2014

The Care Quality Commission has published a report analysing the state of care in England in...

Revised regulations set out the process for the conversion of civil partnerships into marriages, giving couples more choice 16 OCT 2014

Revised regulations set out the process for the conversion of civil partnerships into marriages, giving couples more choice

Couples in a civil partnership will have the option to convert it into a marriage before...

Shared parental leave and pay: draft legislation 15 OCT 2014

Shared parental leave and pay: draft legislation

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has released an amended draft of the...

EU advisory group calls for less red tape 14 OCT 2014

EU advisory group calls for less red tape

Today an influential group of independent advisers to the European Commission published their...

Safeguarding Adults 2013-14 14 OCT 2014

Safeguarding Adults 2013-14

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published a report on new statistics...

Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation 13 OCT 2014

Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Healthcare professionals are aware that decisions about whether or not CPR will be attempted...

Government launches community projects to tackle FGM, honour-based violence and forced marriage 13 OCT 2014

Government launches community projects to tackle FGM, honour-based violence and forced marriage

As the Prime Minister made clear at the Girl Summit earlier in 2014, the government is committed...

​CCMS ledger requirements for ‘profit-cost’ payments on account 10 OCT 2014

​CCMS ledger requirements for ‘profit-cost’ payments on account

In order to support your profit-cost payments on account (POA) on the Client and Cost Management...

National roll-out of the Client and Cost Management System is complete 10 OCT 2014

National roll-out of the Client and Cost Management System is complete

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has announced that national roll-out of the Client and Cost Management...

Open consultation on adult social work knowledge and skills 10 OCT 2014

Open consultation on adult social work knowledge and skills

The Department for Health is asking for views on what social workers who work with adults need to...

New Legal Aid Innovations Working Group 09 OCT 2014

New Legal Aid Innovations Working Group

A working group of legal aid practitioners is being set up to look at ideas for improving the...

FPR Practice Direction 25B (updated October 2014) 09 OCT 2014

FPR Practice Direction 25B (updated October 2014)

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued an updated version of Family...

Measuring National Well-being - Exploring the Well-being of Children in the UK, 2014 08 OCT 2014

Measuring National Well-being - Exploring the Well-being of Children in the UK, 2014

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published data on the well-being of children in the...

New antenatal rights for fathers 03 OCT 2014

New antenatal rights for fathers

From 1 October 2014, an expectant father or the partner (including same-sex) of a pregnant woman...

Violence against women and girls: Evidence digest September 2014 03 OCT 2014

Violence against women and girls: Evidence digest September 2014

The Department for International Development has published a digest of evidence regarding...

HSCIC releases latest data on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 02 OCT 2014

HSCIC releases latest data on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has released information on Deprivation of...

Family mediation tender 2015 opens 01 OCT 2014

Family mediation tender 2015 opens

The Legal Aid Agency has today opened the tender process for new organisations wanting to deliver...

Private Fostering in Wales, 2012-13 01 OCT 2014

Private Fostering in Wales, 2012-13

The Welsh Government has released statistics that summarise information on private fostering...

Protection of Vulnerable Adults in Wales, 2012-13 01 OCT 2014

Protection of Vulnerable Adults in Wales, 2012-13

The Welsh Government has published statistics regarding the protection of vulnerable adults in...

The young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014 01 OCT 2014

The young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

The Department for Education has published a guide to the Children and Families Act 2014, aimed...

DWP releases latest data on the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme 30 SEP 2014

DWP releases latest data on the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published information on cases being processed on...

Child poverty: local indicators 30 SEP 2014

Child poverty: local indicators

The Department for Education has published a list of indicators to help local authorities...

Number of looked after children continues to rise 30 SEP 2014

Number of looked after children continues to rise

New statistics at both national and local authority levels from the Department for Education show...

DfE issues guidance on the children’s social work workforce return 30 SEP 2014

DfE issues guidance on the children’s social work workforce return

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued guidance for local authorities about completing...

Charity and divorce lawyers launch world’s first ‘Pet Nup’ 26 SEP 2014

Charity and divorce lawyers launch world’s first ‘Pet Nup’

Blue Cross is today launching the Pet Nup – the world’s first pre-nuptial agreement with pet...

Irish government drops surrogacy plans from family law overhaul 26 SEP 2014

Irish government drops surrogacy plans from family law overhaul

The Irish Times has reported that the Irish government has dropped surrogacy plans from its...

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace their ancestors’ lives 26 SEP 2014

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace their ancestors’ lives

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace back through their...

ONS publishes statistics on young people in England and Wales 25 SEP 2014

ONS publishes statistics on young people in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a set of statistics on young people,...

Adoptions, outcomes and placements for children looked after by local authorities in Wales: year ending 31 March 2014 24 SEP 2014

Adoptions, outcomes and placements for children looked after by local authorities in Wales: year ending 31 March 2014

The Welsh Government has published an annual report that presents information on children on care...

Research shows social workers are taking the right actions to keep children safe 24 SEP 2014

Research shows social workers are taking the right actions to keep children safe

Cafcass has published research showing that 5 years on from the tragic Baby Peter Connelly case...

Private fostering return 2015-2016: a guide for local authorities 24 SEP 2014

Private fostering return 2015-2016: a guide for local authorities

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a guide for local authorities completing the...

Surrogacy in the States: navigating the maze of laws 22 SEP 2014

Surrogacy in the States: navigating the maze of laws

The New York Times has published an article that sets out the law concerning surrogacy...

Organisations invited to apply for the Carers Social Action Support Fund 22 SEP 2014

Organisations invited to apply for the Carers Social Action Support Fund

Organisations can apply for the Carers Social Action Support Fund to help grow social action...

DfE publishes proposed revisions to Children’s Homes Regulations 2001 22 SEP 2014

DfE publishes proposed revisions to Children’s Homes Regulations 2001

The Department for Education (DfE) has published proposed revisions to the Children’s Homes...

DWP publishes first statistics from the Troubled Families programme 22 SEP 2014

DWP publishes first statistics from the Troubled Families programme

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the first official statistics on...

ESF support for families with multiple problems: Dec 2011 to July 2014 19 SEP 2014

ESF support for families with multiple problems: Dec 2011 to July 2014

The European Social Fund Support for Families with Multiple Problems (ESF Families programme) was...

MoJ sets out plans to help victims of crime 15 SEP 2014

MoJ sets out plans to help victims of crime

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has set out its plans to help victims of crime navigate the...

DfE issues advice on child protection cases and care orders where the child has links to a foreign country 12 SEP 2014

DfE issues advice on child protection cases and care orders where the child has links to a foreign country

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued guidance on handling child protection cases and...

Looked after children data collection: 2015 to 2016 changes 11 SEP 2014

Looked after children data collection: 2015 to 2016 changes

In respect of looked after children, there is a new requirement in collection year 2015 to...

New guidance on assessing capacity in relation to financial decision-making 10 SEP 2014

New guidance on assessing capacity in relation to financial decision-making

Empowerment Matters has published new guidance on assessing an individual’s capacity in relation...

North East has highest rate of new Guardianship cases relative to population 10 SEP 2014

North East has highest rate of new Guardianship cases relative to population

The Heath and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published statistics relating to the...

DfE publishes guide for health professionals working with children and young people with SEND 09 SEP 2014

DfE publishes guide for health professionals working with children and young people with SEND

The Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health have published a guide for health...

ONS publishes annual statistics on live births in England and Wales 01 SEP 2014

ONS publishes annual statistics on live births in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its annual statistics on live births,...

DfE publishes guide for social care professionals working with children and young people with SEND 01 SEP 2014

DfE publishes guide for social care professionals working with children and young people with SEND

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced a guide for social care practitioners and social...

LAA opens public consultation on its Welsh Language Scheme 22 AUG 2014

LAA opens public consultation on its Welsh Language Scheme

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has invited the public to take part in a consultation on its Welsh...

Transforming the services of the Office of the Public Guardian: enabling digital by default 21 AUG 2014

Transforming the services of the Office of the Public Guardian: enabling digital by default

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its response to the consultation "Transforming the...

ONS releases provisional data on the number of same-sex marriages so far 21 AUG 2014

ONS releases provisional data on the number of same-sex marriages so far

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released provisional data on the number of same-sex...

LAA publishes annual report and plans for 2014-2015 20 AUG 2014

LAA publishes annual report and plans for 2014-2015

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has published its annual report and accounts 2013-2014, which shows...

Home Office opens consultation on proposals to strengthen the law on domestic abuse 20 AUG 2014

Home Office opens consultation on proposals to strengthen the law on domestic abuse

The Home Office has opened a consultation on proposals to strengthen the law on domestic abuse. ...

What’s happened since the Family Justice Review: a brighter future for family justice 20 AUG 2014

What’s happened since the Family Justice Review: a brighter future for family justice

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Department for Education (DfE) have issued an update on the...

ODI and DWP issue advice on words to use and avoid when writing about disability 18 AUG 2014

ODI and DWP issue advice on words to use and avoid when writing about disability

The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have issued...

Civil Justice Council issues guidance for the instruction of experts 18 AUG 2014

Civil Justice Council issues guidance for the instruction of experts

The Civil Justice Council has produced guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims. ...

DfE issues updated statutory guidance on Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers 08 AUG 2014

DfE issues updated statutory guidance on Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated statutory guidance entitled "Children Act...

LAA produces new guidance in response to feedback from CCMS users 08 AUG 2014

LAA produces new guidance in response to feedback from CCMS users

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is introducing online ways of working for Civil and Family...

UKVI issues further guidance on managing FNO cases with families 04 AUG 2014

UKVI issues further guidance on managing FNO cases with families

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has issued modernised guidance for how it manages foreign...

UKVI issues guidance for returning families with children where one member is a foreign offender 04 AUG 2014

UKVI issues guidance for returning families with children where one member is a foreign offender

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has issued modernised guidance for how it manages returning...

Mental Health jurisdiction: Postponements and adjournments following recent changes in listing practice 04 AUG 2014

Mental Health jurisdiction: Postponements and adjournments following recent changes in listing practice

In July 2014, the Tribunals Judiciary published guidance to salaried tribunal judges and...

DfE issues updated guidance on care planning, placement and case review under Children Act 1989 01 AUG 2014

DfE issues updated guidance on care planning, placement and case review under Children Act 1989

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated statutory guidance on care planning,...

DfE issues advice for children’s homes following amendments to the Children’s Homes Regulations 2001 01 AUG 2014

DfE issues advice for children’s homes following amendments to the Children’s Homes Regulations 2001

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued advice for children’s homes providers and their...

Home Office publishes strategies by local authorities to prevent FGM 30 JUL 2014

Home Office publishes strategies by local authorities to prevent FGM

The Home Office has published examples of strategies and action taken by local authorities in the...

DfID publishes latest research into preventing violence against women and girls 30 JUL 2014

DfID publishes latest research into preventing violence against women and girls

The Department for International Development (DfID) has published the latest research and...

DfE issues new contact details for child death overview panels 29 JUL 2014

DfE issues new contact details for child death overview panels

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated contact details of the designated people in...

UK Visas and Immigration issues updated instructions on dealing with family matters 29 JUL 2014

UK Visas and Immigration issues updated instructions on dealing with family matters

The UK Visas and Immigration service has issued updated instructions on dealing with family...

HM Passport Office issues advice for parents about the Adopted Children Register 29 JUL 2014

HM Passport Office issues advice for parents about the Adopted Children Register

HM Passport Office has issued a guidance note for parents to explain what happens at the General...

New guidance on families and children for immigration officers 28 JUL 2014

New guidance on families and children for immigration officers

The UK Visas and Immigration service and the Immigration Enforcement service have issued guidance...

DfE publishes guidance for local authorities on National Minimum Standards for adoption services 25 JUL 2014

DfE publishes guidance for local authorities on National Minimum Standards for adoption services

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for local authorities, setting out...

DfE funds new website to support professionals working with young people 24 JUL 2014

DfE funds new website to support professionals working with young people

The Department for Education (DfE) has funded a new, free-to-access website to support...

DfE issues guidance to support looked-after children in further and higher education 24 JUL 2014

DfE issues guidance to support looked-after children in further and higher education

The Department for Education has issued statutory guidance for local authorities to support...

New resource pack to help stop female genital mutilation 22 JUL 2014

New resource pack to help stop female genital mutilation

The Home Office and The Rt Hon Norman Baker MP have issued a resource pack to aid in the battle...

DfE issues guidance on care of unaccompanied and trafficked children 18 JUL 2014

DfE issues guidance on care of unaccompanied and trafficked children

The Department for Education has issued guidance on the care of unaccompanied and trafficked...

Parker J issues guidance on case management and the Court of Protection 16 JUL 2014

Parker J issues guidance on case management and the Court of Protection

In a Court of Protection judgment handed down on 21 March 2014, Mrs Justice Parker issued...

New guide to 'Staying Put' aims to help foster children 15 JUL 2014

New guide to 'Staying Put' aims to help foster children

The Children’s Partnership, the voluntary and community sector strategic partner to the...

Cancellation of contracts entered into before 13 June 2014 25 JUN 2014

Cancellation of contracts entered into before 13 June 2014

The Law Society has issued a Practice Note on cancellation of contracts entered into before 13...

Government U-turn over child maintenance phone charges 18 JUN 2014

Government U-turn over child maintenance phone charges

Single-parent family charity Gingerbread and the Fair Telecoms Campaign have won a victory...

Mental health and behaviour in schools 16 JUN 2014

Mental health and behaviour in schools

The Department for Education has issued guidance on how to identify and support school...

Public experiences of and attitudes towards the family justice system 12 JUN 2014

Public experiences of and attitudes towards the family justice system

The Ministry of Justice has published an analytical summary presenting findings from the...

Guide to Determining Financial Eligibility for Controlled Work and Family Mediation 11 JUN 2014

Guide to Determining Financial Eligibility for Controlled Work and Family Mediation

The Lord Chancellor has issued guidance for determinations in respect of an individual’s...

Guidance for cases in which a child remains at home under a care order 09 JUN 2014

Guidance for cases in which a child remains at home under a care order

Baker J has issued guidance for cases where a child remains at home under a care order. The...

A guide to Family Mediation in England and Wales 06 JUN 2014

A guide to Family Mediation in England and Wales

The Family Justice Council has issued guidance for judges, magistrates and legal advisors...

Mostyn J issues guidance on standards for financial remedy final hearings before a High Court judge 05 JUN 2014

Mostyn J issues guidance on standards for financial remedy final hearings before a High Court judge

Mostyn J has issued a statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy final hearings...

Insolvency of a participating insurer 27 MAY 2014

Insolvency of a participating insurer

The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors whose participating insurer has become...

President releases private law prescribed orders 27 MAY 2014

President releases private law prescribed orders

Following the introduction of the Child Arrangements Programme on 22 April 2014, the...

President releases final public law prescribed orders 27 MAY 2014

President releases final public law prescribed orders

The President of the Family Division has released the final public law prescribed orders:...

Solicitors Regulation Authority issues guidance on will writing 27 MAY 2014

Solicitors Regulation Authority issues guidance on will writing

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued guidance for solicitors preparing...

Pilot Scheme for Accelerated First Appointment Procedure in Financial Remedy Proceedings 27 MAY 2014

Pilot Scheme for Accelerated First Appointment Procedure in Financial Remedy Proceedings

The Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court is running a pilot scheme for an...

Guidance on using cloud computing 08 APR 2014

Guidance on using cloud computing

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors, practice managers or law firm IT staff...

New guidance published on making mental health complaints 08 APR 2014

New guidance published on making mental health complaints

The Law Society has published guidance to assist those with mental health difficulties and...

The new Family Court seal 01 APR 2014

The new Family Court seal

Family Law has been granted an exclusive preview of the new Family Court seal that will be...

Cheshire West - Department of Health guidance on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 31 MAR 2014

Cheshire West - Department of Health guidance on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

On 28 March 2014, the Department of Health issued guidance to health and social care...

Provision of Justices’ Reasons in Uncontested Cases 18 MAR 2014

Provision of Justices’ Reasons in Uncontested Cases

In March 2014, the Justices' Clerks' Society and the Magistrates' Association issued joint...

Guidance on protected information relating to a person who has acquired a Gender Recognition Certificate 12 MAR 2014

Guidance on protected information relating to a person who has acquired a Gender Recognition Certificate

On 11 March 2014, the President of the Family Division issued guidance on disclosure under...

NICE issues guidance on dealing with domestic violence and abuse 04 MAR 2014

NICE issues guidance on dealing with domestic violence and abuse

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance for health...

Deprivation of liberty - guidance for providers of children’s homes and residential special schools 18 FEB 2014

Deprivation of liberty - guidance for providers of children’s homes and residential special schools

On 12 February 2014, the President of the Court of Protection and Ofsted issued joint...

Practice Direction of 14 February 2014: Access to Audio Recordings of Proceedings 17 FEB 2014

Practice Direction of 14 February 2014: Access to Audio Recordings of Proceedings

On 14 February 2014, the Lord Chief Justice issued a Practice Direction on Access to Audio...

Practice Guidances of 16 January 2014 on Publication of Judgments: Transparency in the Family Courts and in the Court of Protection 16 JAN 2014

Practice Guidances of 16 January 2014 on Publication of Judgments: Transparency in the Family Courts and in the Court of Protection

On 16 January 2014, the President of the Family Division and President of the Court of Protection...

MoJ issues new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime 22 NOV 2013

MoJ issues new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

The Victim and Criminal Proceedings Policy Team at the Ministry of Justice has issued a new...

Private Law Working Group produces draft Child Arrangements Programme 14 NOV 2013

Private Law Working Group produces draft Child Arrangements Programme

The Private Law Working Group has produced a draft Child Arrangements Programme, which is...

Private Law Working Group approves expectation document by Cafcass 12 NOV 2013

Private Law Working Group approves expectation document by Cafcass

As part of its report on reforms of private law, the Private Law Working Group has approved an...

Private Law Working Group issues draft Guidance on Continuity and Deployment (Private Law) 12 NOV 2013

Private Law Working Group issues draft Guidance on Continuity and Deployment (Private Law)

The Private Law Working Group has produced draft Guidance on Continuity and Deployment (Private...

Private Law Working Group issues draft Guidance on the use of Prescribed Documents (Private Law) 12 NOV 2013

Private Law Working Group issues draft Guidance on the use of Prescribed Documents (Private Law)

The Private Law Working Group has produced draft Guidance on the use of Prescribed Documents...

Private Law Working Group issues draft Flowchart on the Child Arrangements Programme 12 NOV 2013

Private Law Working Group issues draft Flowchart on the Child Arrangements Programme

The Private Law Working Group has produced a draft Flowchart on the Child Arrangements Programme,...

Private Law Working Group issues draft Guidance on Allocation and Gatekeeping (Private Law) 12 NOV 2013

Private Law Working Group issues draft Guidance on Allocation and Gatekeeping (Private Law)

The Private Law Working Group has produced draft Guidance on Allocation and Gatekeeping for...

New standards aim to promote quality expert evidence 08 NOV 2013

New standards aim to promote quality expert evidence

Vulnerable children will be helped by new national standards that will raise the quality of...

MoJ issues guidelines for family advocacy scheme travel expense claims 07 NOV 2013

MoJ issues guidelines for family advocacy scheme travel expense claims

The MoJ has issued guidelines to help you to make successful travel expense claims under the...

New protocol on disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings 04 NOV 2013

New protocol on disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings

In October 2013, a new Protocol and Good Practice Model was published to provide guidance on...

The Law Society issues updated guidance on compliance with anti-money laundering legislation 24 OCT 2013

The Law Society issues updated guidance on compliance with anti-money laundering legislation

On 22 October 2013, The Law Society issued updated guidance for all solicitors and other staff in...

Judiciary publishes Handbook for Litigants in Person 24 OCT 2013

Judiciary publishes Handbook for Litigants in Person

The judiciary has produced and published a guide to appearing in civil cases without legal...

Law Society issues guidance on closing down your practice 03 OCT 2013

Law Society issues guidance on closing down your practice

On 1 October 2013, The Law Society issued guidance to assist practitioners who are closing their...

Civil Procedure Rules Committee seeks two new members 22 AUG 2013

Civil Procedure Rules Committee seeks two new members

The Civil Procedure Rules Committee is recruiting two new members. Appointments will last 3...

President's Circular of 2 August 2013 - Committals 13 AUG 2013

President's Circular of 2 August 2013 - Committals

On 2 August 2013, the President of the Family Division issued a circular to clarify the scope of...

Law Society Practice Note of 7 August 2013: Handling Complaints 08 AUG 2013

Law Society Practice Note of 7 August 2013: Handling Complaints

On 7 August 2013, the Law Society issued a practice note giving guidance for solicitors and...

Protocol of 19 July 2013: Communications between judges of the Family Court and Immigration and Asylum Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal 25 JUL 2013

Protocol of 19 July 2013: Communications between judges of the Family Court and Immigration and Asylum Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal

On 19 July 2013, the Senior President of Tribunals and the President of the Family Division and...

General Medical Council guidance: Acting as a witness in legal proceedings 07 JUN 2013

General Medical Council guidance: Acting as a witness in legal proceedings

The General Medical Council has published guidance for doctors who act as professional...

Legal Aid Agency Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses 07 JUN 2013

Legal Aid Agency Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has published updated guidance on remuneration for expert witnesses....

President's Guidance of 4 June 2013: Committal for Contempt of Court 04 JUN 2013

President's Guidance of 4 June 2013: Committal for Contempt of Court

On 4 June 2013, the President of the Family Division issed guidance on committal for contempt of...

Foster Care Fortnight 2013 launches on 13 May 09 MAY 2013

Foster Care Fortnight 2013 launches on 13 May

The Fostering Network has announced the launch of Foster Care Fortnight 2013. The event kicks off...

The Law Society Guidance of 1 May 2013: Unbundling family legal services 03 MAY 2013

The Law Society Guidance of 1 May 2013: Unbundling family legal services

Since 1 April 2013, legal aid is no longer available for most private family law matters where...

Practice Guidance of 3 May 2013: Committal for Contempt of Court 03 MAY 2013

Practice Guidance of 3 May 2013: Committal for Contempt of Court

It is a fundamental principle of the administration of justice in England and Wales that...

Official Solicitor's Practice Note of March 2013 19 APR 2013

Official Solicitor's Practice Note of March 2013

In March 2013, the Official Solicitor published a Practice Note entitled: The Official Solicitor...

Interim Applications Court of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court: A guide for litigants in person 17 APR 2013

Interim Applications Court of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court: A guide for litigants in person

The judiciary has published an updated version of its guide for litigants in person making...

Law Society Practice Note of 26 March 2013: Client Care Letters 28 MAR 2013

Law Society Practice Note of 26 March 2013: Client Care Letters

On 26 March 2013, the Law Society issued a Practice Note giving guidance on producing client care...

Master of the Rolls' Practice Guidance of March 2013: Terminology for Litigants in Person 07 MAR 2013

Master of the Rolls' Practice Guidance of March 2013: Terminology for Litigants in Person

The Master of the Rolls has issued guidance as to the terminology that should be used to describe...

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Overseas Relationships) Order 2012 31 JAN 2013

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Overseas Relationships) Order 2012

On 31 January 2013, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Overseas Relationships) Order 2012 came into...

Law Society Guidance of 24 January 2013: Instructing a barrister - new standard contractual terms 25 JAN 2013

Law Society Guidance of 24 January 2013: Instructing a barrister - new standard contractual terms

On 24 January 2013, The Law Society issued guidance on the new standard contractual terms for...

LSC Guidance: High cost cases and family advocacy scheme guidance 21 JAN 2013

LSC Guidance: High cost cases and family advocacy scheme guidance

On 17 January 2013, the Legal Services Commission issued clarification about fees in high-cost...

Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments: Best Practice Guidance 07 JAN 2013

Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments: Best Practice Guidance

In December 2012, the Money and Property Committee of the Family Justice Council issued Best...

Standard Directions in Hague Convention Cases involving Cafcass High Court Team 12 NOV 2012

Standard Directions in Hague Convention Cases involving Cafcass High Court Team

The acting President of the Family Division, the Hon Mr Justice Holman, has issued guidance on...

Lecture: The Law Commission's supplementary consultation on property and needs 22 OCT 2012

Lecture: The Law Commission's supplementary consultation on property and needs

On 6 February 2012, it was agreed with the Ministry of Justice that the scope of the original...

Equality and Diversity Policy for the Judiciary, October 2012 08 OCT 2012

Equality and Diversity Policy for the Judiciary, October 2012

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and the Senior President of Tribunals have set out...

Sir Nicholas Wall to retire as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England 28 SEP 2012

Sir Nicholas Wall to retire as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England

Sir Nicholas Wall will retire as the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice...

CPR 1998 Update 59 - Amendments to Practice Directions 18 SEP 2012

CPR 1998 Update 59 - Amendments to Practice Directions

To accompany the amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 made under Update 59 (which comes...

Guidance on Blogging by Judicial Office Holders 12 SEP 2012

Guidance on Blogging by Judicial Office Holders

In August 2012, the Senior Presiding Judge and the Senior President of Tribunals issued...

General Medical Council guidance: Protecting Children and Young People 03 SEP 2012

General Medical Council guidance: Protecting Children and Young People

In July 2012, the General Medical Council issued guidance for doctors on protecting children...

Law Society Practice Note: Equality and diversity requirements: SRA Handbook 19 JUL 2012

Law Society Practice Note: Equality and diversity requirements: SRA Handbook

On 18 July 2012, The Law Society issued a practice note for all solicitors, their employees and...

Law Society Practice Note: SRA's equality and diversity monitoring requirements 12 JUL 2012

Law Society Practice Note: SRA's equality and diversity monitoring requirements

On 3 July 2012, The Law Society issued a practice note to solicitors to provide information on...

Law Society Practice Note: Providing services to D/deaf and hard of hearing people 12 JUL 2012

Law Society Practice Note: Providing services to D/deaf and hard of hearing people

On 12 July 2012, The Law Society issued a practice note on providing services to D/deaf and hard...

Prior Authority for Experts 06 JUN 2012

Prior Authority for Experts

In May 2012, the President of the Family Division issued guidance from the Legal Services...

Citation of Authorities 25 APR 2012

Citation of Authorities

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has issued a Practice Direction to clarify the...

Law Society Practice Note: Litigants in Person 20 APR 2012

Law Society Practice Note: Litigants in Person

On 19 April 2012, the Law Society issued a practice note giving guidance to solicitors who may...

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2012 10 APR 2012

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2012

These Rules, which came into effect on 6 April 2012, amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010...

Calls for Chancellor to avoid 'Break-up Budget' 19 MAR 2012

Calls for Chancellor to avoid 'Break-up Budget'

The Family and Parenting Institute (FPI) has called on the Chancellor to avoid delivering a...

First ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week gets under way 23 FEB 2012

First ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week gets under way

Monday 20 to Sunday 26 February 2012 is LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, organised by charity...

MoJ launches new online mediation directory 08 SEP 2011

MoJ launches new online mediation directory

The Ministry of Justice has announced its new online mediation directory, which will go live...

Ministerial adviser faces hostility over adoption reform report 01 SEP 2011

Ministerial adviser faces hostility over adoption reform report

The UK ministerial adviser on adoption has this week spoken about the passionate responses...